Peter Cooper's Memories of the Railway Tavern
Peter’s father, Lol Cooper, ran the Railway Tavern from 1948 until his death in 1958. The pub closed in 1959. Here Peter describes the pub where he grew up. You can hear Peter talking if you click on the ‘Play’ button on the adjacent audio bar.
There was a saloon bar and in one of the photographs I’ve got you can see us all standing in that entrance. The old bar used to be on the left there, there were no chairs just seats all round and then there was a little snug bar to the right hand side. The cellar so called was just down the passageway down to the left hand side of the tavern as you are looking from the main door. The toilet used to be on the right hand side. I don’t think we had a ladies toilet to be quite honest, there was only one that I can remember, just a gents in that old barn at the right hand side of the double gates that was all claybat, an old claybat building. Then there was a kitchen out at the back where we were and that was all claybat as well because my old dog Bruce found a rat in there one day and he nearly went right through the wall and nobody would dare go in there to drag him out as he would snap your arm off – he would really! There was a big old lead pump, I think they did have their own water there at one time but eventually I think it was pulled out, possibly by me as somebody told me lead might be good for a profit! There is a big well at the back. The bar was by the front door where people ordered their drinks; there was not a bar either side just a room either side, the bar was at the front. The living accommodation had three bedrooms upstairs and quite a big kitchen at the back and a little tiny sitting room at the side of it. There was only the one toilet out the back.
Audio Transcription by Gloria Willers
Thank you Peter. Do you have any memories of the Railway Tavern or indeed any of the other pubs in the village? If so we’d love to hear from you. Please add a comment below.